Writing Logically Thinking Critically (8e) : 9780321926524

Writing Logically Thinking Critically (8e)

Cooper & Patton
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Pearson Higher Ed USA
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This concise, accessible text teaches students how to write logical, cohesive arguments and how to evaluate the arguments of others.


Integrating writing skills with critical thinking skills, this practical book teaches students to draw logical inferences, identify premises and conclusions and use language precisely. Students also learn how to identify fallacies and to distinguish between inductive and deductive reasoning. Ideal for any composition class that emphasizes argument, this text includes coverage of writing style and rhetoric, logic, literature, research and documentation.


Table of contents
  • Chapter 1 Thinking and Writing–A Critical Connection
  • Chapter 2 Inference–Critical Thought
  • Chapter 3 The Structure of Argument
  • Chapter 4 Written Argument
  • Chapter 5 The Language of Argument–Definition
  • Chapter 6 Fallacious Arguments
  • Chapter 7 Deductive and Inductive Argument
  • Chapter 8 The Language of Argument–Style
New to this edition
  • In Chapter 1, “Thinking and Writing–A Critical Connection,” more on metaphor with new examples and a new reading are included.
  •  In Chapter 2, “Inference–Critical Thought,” a new example of logical inference from Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, and two new ads to analyze.
  •  In Chapter 3, “The Structure of Argument,” a look at bumper stickers whose humor depends on hidden assumptions, and new examples to illustrate the difference between argument and explanation have been added.
  •  In Chapter 4, “Written Argument,” there is  more on strategies for concluding a written argument, a clearer identification of the rhetorical elements in the model essay, and new topics have been added to the writing assignment.
  •  In Chapter 5, “The Language of Argument–Definition,” new examples of euphemism and definition, and a new reading:  “Telling the Brutal Truth” by Clark Hoyt.
  • In Chapter 6, “Fallacious Arguments,” new examples of the following fallacies:  appeal to authority, double standard, personal attack and slippery slope. 
  •  In Chapter 7, “Deductive and Inductive Argument,” new examples of classifications that are harmful to the groups being classified, a new example of correlation mistaken for causation, and a new example of the difficulties epidemiologists face.
  •  In Chapter 8, “The Language of Argument–Style,” two new examples of faulty parallel structure, a new example of emphasizing ideas with parallelism, and a new word, obfuscation, added to Key Terms.
  •  In “A Quick Guide to Evaluating Sources and Integrating Research into Your Own Writing,” three new Web sites for research on political issues.
  • In our closing section, “Additional Readings,” we have added to the three essays introduced in the 7th edition, a new essay:  “Living with Less” by Graham Hill.  An Internet entrepreneur and founder of LifeEdited. Com and TreeHugger.com, Hill tells his story of sudden wealth and then connects his personal experience to the impact of materialism on the culture and the environment.
  • All chapters now open with a list of learning objectives that provide students with an overview of the key concepts that should master.
Features & benefits
  • Comprehensive coverage of persuasive writing in a brief format
  • Exercises appear throughout each chapter, often paired with readings for students to write about, giving them necessary practice with key ideas from each chapter.
  • Extensive visuals throughout the text help students understand important concepts.                                                      
  • A “Plagiarism” section discusses the current problem of students taking materials from the Internet without attribution and discovers the risks and ethical considerations of plagiarism.
  • “Making Inferences—Analysing Visual Images” applies the principles of logical inference to “reading” images such as advertisements, helping students navigate our consumer culture.
  • “Strategies for Writing a Summary” includes a model summary and step-by-step instruction.
  • A convenient list of readings in the front of the book makes it easy for students and instructors to locate selections and highlights the variety of genres covered—poetry, fiction, student essays, editorials, newspaper and magazine columns.